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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? This object has a handle. What do you think…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what materials it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? This object has a handle on the side. How…

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Indenture October 12, 1705 Parchment, Ink, Wax JJ.2018.407   This document is an agreement between a man named John Dibell, and Jacobus Van Cortlandt (John Jay’s maternal ancestor) in which Mr. Dibell is agreeing to sell a sizable tract of his land in Bedford to Jacobus. Since Jacobus bequeathed a large plot of his Bedford…

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Marianne Peloquin (1706-1778) c. 1814 Oil on Canvas, Frame- wood painted blank with gilt border around portrait Unknown artist, copy after John Wollaston, the Younger (1710-1775) JJ.1980.99 Marianne Peloquin was born to Francoise and Stephen Peloquin in 1706. She was the youngest of four children, she had two brothers (John and David) as well as…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? Why do you think this object has so many…

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We usually offer a series of collections-based programming this time of year, but with the historic house closed in response to  COVID-19, we are instead highlighting some collections items in a series of short videos. Watch Collections Manager Arthur Benware’s video presentation on our Lansdown Print of George Washington. Check back for a new video each…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what materials it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? What do you think this object was used for?…

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Tall Case Clock c.1701-1727 (clockworks) c. 1775-1800 (case) Mahogany, Brass, glass, other metals London (clockworks) Philadelphia (case) JJ.1987.6 This tall-case clock was owned by John Jay and is well documented in Jay’s inventories as having been used in his various houses. The clock came with Jay when he retired to this house in 1801 and…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? What do you think this object was used for?…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? This object is hollow and has a handle for…

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Infant’s Cloak 1880-1890 Wool, Silk, Cotton Maker Unknown JJ.1984.134 In the 19th century, infant clothing was not predicated on gender. Infants were clothed in robes, tunics, and gowns. Baby clothes were often made of white cotton because it was easily bleached and washed. Ordinary baby clothes for wealthy families often had extravagant embroidery, which leads…

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Kettle and Coal Scuttle Date Undetermined Toleware Manufacturer unknown JJ.1958.457 This kettle and scuttle are examples of toleware.“Tole” derives from the French tole peinte, which translates to “painted sheet metal.” Toleware is made with tinned metal that has been varnished to resist rusting; a process sometimes called japanning. Toleware was produced from circa 1700 to 1900. In…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? Why do you think this object has holes? What do you think this object was used for?   Yesterday’s Mystery…

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at these objects, can you guess what material they are made of? These two objects would be used at the same time. What do you think they were used for?   Yesterday’s…

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Steel Printing Block Engraved with Jay Family Crest 1853 Steel Tiffany JJ.2013.6 This small, steel, square printing block, made by Tiffany, the iconic jewelry company founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany in 1837, is engraved with the Jay family crest. The motto below states “Deo Duce Perserverandum” or “With God Our Leader We Must Persevere.” It was…

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The Taconic Region of NYS Parks is excited to host its 2020 Geocaching Challenge. Encompassing acres of trails, campgrounds, beaches, golf courses, lakes, valleys, historic sites, waterfalls, and stunning views, we welcome you to come discover and explore our parks and great outdoors. Be one of the first 100 people to collect 45 out of the…